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Ellen R. Woods

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Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE)

Ellen R. Woods feels fortunate to be part of a university community where athletes achieve both competitive and academic success. A moment of pride for her was seeing TV coverage of Stanford athletes taking exams on the road during the NCAA tournament.

Years at Stanford: 
My favorite place on campus is: 

Arizona Garden.

Point of Pride: Tell us about an event, project/program you were involved with at Stanford that you're most proud of: 

Development of post-doctoral teaching fellowship programs associated with freshman required courses, Introduction to the Humanities and Thinking Matters. These programs benefit not only the scholars who are starting their academic professional careers but also serve to provide excellence in teaching and personalized learning support for Stanford students starting their undergraduate education.

Memorable Moment: Share a time when you thought to yourself, "I'm so fortunate to be a part of the Stanford community": 

I have felt proud to be part of the Stanford community when Stanford athletes and sports team achieve competitive success while upholding the highest academic standards. A moment of pride: when the NCAA tournament TV coverage showed photos of several Stanford basketball team members featured because they were taking final exams on the road during the tournament.

What I have enjoyed most during my time at Stanford is: 

My colleagues and the natural beauty of the physical campus.

Leave Your Legacy: What piece of advice or guidance would you share with a new hire to Stanford?: 

Stanford is much more than a place to work. Take advantage of the depth and breadth of enrichment the University offers -- take a HIP class every quarter, attend concerts, speakers and other events (many are free!), visit the Cantor Art Museum, walk the Dish, enjoy the gardens and watch out for rogue bicyclists.